Good News Announcements

  • Superintendent Dr. Dani Pfeiffer and the Board of Directors share Good News Announcements, celebrating the accomplishments of our scholars, staff, and the community at school board meetings.

    We recognize these achievements at each School Board meeting and publish the announcements in the Good News blog.

Celebrations, Recognitions and Announcements

  • Good News March 28, 2023

    Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 3/29/2023

    Congratulations to the Federal Way Public Academy Knowledge Bowl team for placing 7th in the Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament for division – 2B.

    The FWPA Knowledge Bowl team: Ho Yeung Chu, Owen Forsman, Winston Nguyen, Andrew Scott, Shay, Smith, and Odessa Von Ruden. 

    The Knowledge Bowl is a state competition where school teams of up to six students use fast-paced thinking and teamwork to answer questions about math, science, history, language skills, literature, music, and geography, plus things like current events.
    FWPA 2023 Knowledge Bowl Team

    Congratulations to scholars Jaylah Lara, Ciana Nolasco and Ally Phan from Decatur High School, and Andrew Luu and An Pham from Todd Beamer High School, for placing at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) State Competition by competing with over 4,000 students and qualifying for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) competition.

    DECA is a student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools around the globe.

    Additionally, we would like to congratulate the Todd Beamer High School DECA Chapter for winning the Thrive Level recognition to send three scholars to the DECA Thrive Leadership Academy at ICDC.
    DECA State Competition
    Congratulations to scholars Roha Thomas. Darshpreet Virk, Sophia Gill, and Rei Smith, who placed at the Federal Way Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament. Federal Way Public Schools was represented by students from Decatur and Thomas Jefferson high schools.
    Speech and Debate Tournament
    Congratulations to all our scholar athletes from Decatur, Thomas Jefferson, and Todd Beamer high schools for their success and advancing to the Girls Bowling State Tournament.  
    Congratulations to Chloe Bettelon and Sun Hong from Decatur High School for advancing to the State Bowling Tournament.
    Congratulations to Brookelyn Dawson, Samiya Gildon, Emily Kropp, Presley Laird, Alena McDugle, and Malia Tewey from Thomas Jefferson High School for placing third in the Team State Bowling Tournament
    Congratulations to Jazel Tiquia from Todd Beamer High School for placing 23rd in the Individual State Bowling Tournament.
    Girls Bowling State Tournament

    Congratulations to Alex Nguyen, Andrew Ngueyn, Thomas Sinn, and Ethan Tandio from Todd Beamer High School scholar athletes for their success and advancing to the Boys Swimming State Tournament for three events: 

    • The 200 Medley Relay
    • 200 Freestyle
    • and 100 Butterfly event 

    Todd Beamer High School Boys Swimming

    Congratulations to all four of our comprehensive high school scholars for their success and advancing to the Boys and Girls Wrestling Mat Classic State Tournament
    Congratulations to Boys Wrestling: Nehemiah Washington, Christopher Trevino, Kayle Bearson, and Sekou Bangoura.
    Congratulations to Girls Wrestling: Silaulau Alefaio, Cheyenne Wakeham, Dyvhette Fonoti, and Aissata Bangoura.
    Decatur Wrestling
    Federal Way High School Wrestling
    Thomas Jefferson High School Wrestling
    Todd Beamer High School Wrestling
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  • Good News March 14, 2023

    Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 3/15/2023

    Congratulations to Keanu Earnest, who has been chosen as the 2023 Federal Way Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year! Keanu was recognized by the Federal Way Boys and Girls Club for this prestigious award for demonstrating leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle. 

    Keanu was honored at the King County event and also received a $500 scholarship. His goal is to attend college after high school.

    Congratulations Keanu and for your commitment to school, volunteering, and the community. We are #FWPSproud of you!
    Keanu Earnest 2023 Federal Way Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year

    Congratulations to our Special Olympics Basketball Team, Federal Way Stars, for winning the State Championship Senior Division!

    FWPS partners with Special Olympics to offer scholars with disabilities the opportunity to participate in athletics and be empowered with a sense of belonging.

    The team competed through the King County Sub Regionals and the King County Regionals tournaments to win both gold medals and was later awarded the State Championship.

    Congratulations to Jun Frame, Jackie Bagley, Ammar AlQaraghuli, Dylan Ortiz De Anaya, Osman Hamid, Grace Salavea, Abdelaziz Hamid, and coaches Terry Lathan, Tony Schoeler, and Evan Jordan. 

    We are #FWPSProud of team Federal Way Stars!

    Special Olympics Basketball Team Federal Way Stars

    Congratulations to three of our Federal Way High School scholars for winning awards at the 2023 Regional Thespys.

    The International Thespian Excellence Awards recognize the highest level of achievement in school theatre performance, technical theatre, writing, and filmmaking.

    Congratulations to Wilbur Anderson, Hannah Rose, Lucy Amonn, coaches, teachers and staff. We are #FWPSProud of you all!

    2023 Regional Thespys Award winners

    Congratulations to Federal Way High School scholars, Emma McCann and Graciela Knudsen for earning the Cambridge International AS Level Scholar Award with Merit

    This prestigious award was issued by Cambridge Assessment International Education to recognize their outstanding performance in the Cambridge International June 2022 exams. 

    The Cambridge examinations are taken by learners in over 40 countries around the world and acknowledge scholars for their exemplary academic performance. 

    We’re #FWPSProud of our scholars for demonstrating academic excellence within our local and global community.  

    Emma McCann and Graciela Knudsen won Cambridge International AS Level Scholar Award with Merit

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  • Good News Feb. 28, 2023

    Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 3/1/2023

    Congratulations to the 33 Thomas Jefferson High School mathletes for their participation and success in the Math is Cool State Masters Competition. The competition consisted of over 200 students with schools across the state competing with one another.  

    Congratulations Nash Heo (first place overall in the Pre-Calculus Division), Sanchit Sharma (second place overall in the Algebra 2 Division), and Jenny Luong (third place overall in the Pre-Calculus Division).

    TJHS Math is Cool Masters Competition  

    TJHS Math is Cool State Masters Competition 2 of 2

    Congratulations to the Evergreen Middle School team for their success and advancing all the way to the semifinals of the First LEGO League Competition

    Evergreen Middle School competed against 30 qualifying teams and over 200 students from the greater Puget Sound area.

    Evergreen Middle School Lego League

    Congratulations to our Woodmont K-8 and Meredith Hill Elementary scholars for their success and placing in the Elementary Math Bonanza competition. Our scholars placed first, second, and third in the 5th grade division!

    Congratulations Woodmont's Kaiden Shinn (first place in the fifth grade division), Woodmont's Asher Bonnah (second place in the fifth grade division), and Alejandro Ortiz (third place in the fifth grade division).


    Woodmont and Meredith Hill Math Bonanza competition

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  • Good News Jan. 24, 2023

    Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 1/25/2023

    Congratulations to scholars from each of our comprehensive high schools who competed against students from 23 schools in the regional Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) competition and placed high enough to move onto the state conference!  

    Overall, there were 568 entries in 28 different categories (some individual and some team events). The competition results are based on an average of a written test score and role-play scores. Only the top 7 advance to the State Competition.

    DECA is a student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools around the globe.


    Congratulations to our educators who have become National Board Certified Teachers: Lesley Elijah Rasmussen, Jessica Goakey, Samantha Isaacs, Julia Pollastro, Lauren Sealey, Stephen Sealey, Kiley Stasch, Sarah Winakur, and Emily Yumo! Thank you for your dedication to continued professional development to positively impact our scholars’ bright futures.  
    National Board Certified Teachers
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